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'''Michael David "Mike" Watt''' (born December 20, 1957) is an American bassist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for co-founding the rock bands Minutemen (band)|Minutemen, Dos (band)|Dos, and Firehose (band)|Firehose; , he is also the bassist for the reunited The Stooges|Stooges and a member of the art rock/jazz/Punk rock|punk/improvisation|improv group Banyan (band)|Banyan as well as many other post-Minutemen projects. ''CMJ New Music'' called Watt a "seminal post-punk bass player." In November 2008, Watt received the ''Bass Player Magazine'' lifetime achievement award, presented by Flea (musician)|Flea.
Birth nameMichael David Watt
Alias| birth_date = {{birth date and age|1957|12|20}}
Birth placePortsmouth, Virginia, United States|U.S.
InstrumentBass guitar, singing|vocals
GenrePunk rock, hardcore punk, post-punk, alternative rock, art rock
Years active1979–present
LabelColumbia Records|Columbia, SST Records|SST, New Alliance Records|New Alliance, Kill Rock Stars, Clenchedwrench
Associated actsMinutemen (band)|Minutemen, Firehose (band)|Firehose, Ciccone Youth, Dos (band)|Dos, Banyan (band)|Banyan, The Reactionaries, Bootstrappers (band)|Bootstrappers, Hellride, J Mascis and the Fog, The Stooges, Porno for Pyros, The Black Gang, The Secondmen, Unknown Instructors, Anywhere (band)|Anywhere, Funanori, The Clubber Lang Gang, Floored By Four, Sonic Youth
Notable instrumentsFender Precision Bass
1968 Fender Telecaster Bass{{cite book|last=Roberts|first=Jim|title=How the Fender Bass Changed the World|publisher=Hal Leonard|year=2001|page=160|isbn=978-0-87930-630-4|url=|accessdate=25 March 2010}}
Gibson EB-3
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